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Baseball to Open 2013 with Four-Game Series at Maryland

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/28/2013
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 Princeton (0-0) at Maryland (5-3)
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Four-Game Series • Friday, Mar. 1 - Sunday, Mar. 3
College Park, Md.
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Princeton at Maryland
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Game One:
Princeton RHP Zak Hermans
(2012: 6-2, 3.00 ERA, 63.0 IP, 22 BB, 60 SO)

Maryland LHP Jimmy Reed
(1-1, 2.25 ERA, 12.0 IP, 3 BB, 11 SO)
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Game Two: Princeton LHP Michael Fagan
(2012: 1-4, 7.57 ERA, 27.1 IP, 37 BB, 27 SO)

Maryland RHP Brady Kirkpatrick
(1-1, 1.59 ERA, 11.1 IP, 6 BB, 8 SO)
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Game Three: Princeton RHP Kevin Link
(2012: 3-3, 5.73 ERA, 48.2 IP, 12 BB, 26 SO)
  Maryland RHP Kevin Mooney
(0-0, 4.26 ERA, 6.1 IP, 6 BB, 4 SO)
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Game Four: Princeton RHP Mike Ford
(2012: 4-4, 3.60 ERA, 50.0 IP, 17 BB, 26 SO)
  Maryland LHP Alex Robinson
(0-1, 5.40 ERA, 10.0 IP, 4 BB, 10 SO)
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton baseball team officially kicks off the 2013 campaign with a four-game weekend series at Maryland from Mar. 1-3. The Terrapins already have eight games under their belts and are 5-3.

2012 Rewind: The Tigers went 20-19, 13-7 Ivy and came within one game of advancing the Ivy League Championship Series. After winning three versus Cornell in the final series of the year, Princeton lost in 12 innings 4-3.

Princeton posted non-conference victories over Florida Atlantic, Richmond and Navy, in addition to winning or splitting all but one Ivy League series.

On Deck: Princeton travels to Deland, Fla. for a four-game series at Stetson from Mar. 8-10.

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Scouting Maryland: Maryland opened the year being swept at LSU, before winning its last four over Oakland and a midweek meeting versus James Madison to improve to 5-3.

Charlie White is one of four Terps batting above .300 with a team-best .462. In eight starts, he's 12-for-26 with eight runs and five RBI.

Maryland has employed 13 different pitchers already. Brady Kirkpatrick (1-1) leads the rotation with a 1.59 ERA. Over 11.1 innings, he's given up six walks, five hits and two runs, while striking out eight.

2013 Outlook:

• Princeton boasts one of its deepest rosters in 2013 with 32 players.

• The Tigers return six field starters from a year ago, along with three starting pitchers.

• Including the three starting pitchers, the Tigers welcome back 11 hurlers.

• Princeton welcomes eight newcomers in 2013. The addition of three pitchers and five field players will look to bolster the lineup.

• The Tigers lost five letterwinners from a year ago, including a pair of starters in shortstop/RHP junior Matt Bowman and catcher/utility senior Sam Mulroy. The duo was both drafted last spring by the Mets and Angels, respectively.

Hermans Ready for Senior Season: Reigning Ivy League Pitcher and All-Ivy First Team selection Zak Hermans is ready to command the mound in 2013. The righty led the rotation with a 6-2 record and 3.00 ERA. He hurled 60 strikeouts over 63.0 innings, both team-highs.

In one of his two nine-inning complete game performances last year, Hermans threw a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 1-0 Tiger victory over Cornell on Apr. 27.

At Bat: The Tigers lost two of their top-four hitters in Sam Mulroy (1st) and Matt Bowman (3rd) due to the 2012 draft. The squad will look to All-Ivy First Team junior Alec Keller to build upon his 47-hit, 18-RBI and .346 average 2012 to lead Princeton this year. He is the only returner who hit above .300 in 2012.

2012 All-Ivy: Six Tigers earned All-Ivy League honors in 2012 wiht Ivy Pitcher of the Year Zak Hermans leading the way. Hermans, Sam Mulroy and Alec Keller were named to the first team, while Mike Ford was tabbed to the second team. Matt Bowman earned honorable mention accolades at both pitcher and shortstop, along with outfielder Steve Harrington.

Princeton returns four All-Ivy selections in 2013.



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